My beloved 1972 XS650 Yamaha Chopper
“It is one of the desirable years (70-73) for Yamaha enthusiasts. I’ve been told that they are the most collectible because of their racing history. They have the most powerful engines of all the xs650’s. I bought it a year ago from a custom car builder in Michigan. I changed the bars, grips, clutch cable,and plug wires. It is a kick start only but it kicks very easily.
Starts On The First Or Second kick
If it’s been sitting a week or more it takes three or four kicks. It is a daily driver whenever the weather permits. I can’t tell you how much it pains me to sell it. I am truly in love with this bike. Everyone who sees it loves it. It is the exact right shape and rides really well. The forks are six over with a 30 degree rake and there is no front brake. Needless to say it is not for a beginning rider. You have to be careful and stay ahead of other drivers mistakes. The bike is plenty powerful but if you need more the motor can be rebuilt and bored to 750cc and 900cc after that.
Have Fun Gawking At The Pictures
I would leave it for now. It should last for a long time as is. This is not a hack job. It was built by a professional. I have an orange metal-flake spare tank for it. The ol lady is pushin’ me to put it up for sale. You will not be disappointed in this thing. People always stop me to talk about it. Truly, you could spend three times the amount on another bike that wouldn’t get half the attention.
I’ve taken it to shows and it always has a crowd around it. I think it’s because it has that rat-rod charm. Judge for yourself. Have fun gawking at the pictures.”